Thursday, 17th September: CHSD Public Lecture: The Political Economy of African Cities: Imperatives for the Decade.
1:00pm to 3:00pm
The Political Economy of African Cities and the Realisation of the SDGs
Urbanisation has been the centre of every modern growth story: no country in the world has ever developed without urbanising. In fact, SDG 11 is the only SDG which, if addressed, will ensure we make substantial progress in achieving all other 16 SDGs as well. This prospect presents one of the most powerful opportunities for sub-Saharan Africa, which is currently the fastest urbanising area in the world.
For cities to be this powerful force for change will, however, require careful management such that the benefits of density outweigh the costs. However, from a political economy perspective, this is inherently complex. This is because cities are made up of an intricate web of actors including residents, workers, landowners, firms and consumers, to name only a few. Each of these actors takes decisions interacting frequently in a dense environment. The benefits of these interactions create innovation, productivity and liveable environments. The downsides, however, result in contagion, congestion, crime and other challenges. Therefore, the government’s role in the urbanisation process is crucial as its decisions direct the expectations of each of these actors and ultimately help determine the overall path urbanisation will take.
Join ASTRID HAAS, Policy Director, International Growth Centre of the London School of Economics and Political Science and also an Advisory Board Member of CHSD, as she provides an overview of why urbanisation is such a powerful force for economic growth, some of current major barriers to realising this this across sub-Saharan Africa and, most importantly, highlight, using case studies from different cities, how it is very much possible to unlock the potential of urbanisation through supportive policies to ensure we can achieve the promises of cities that work.
Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_QYv8FknFQMizobKJXRlfNQ
Webinar ID: 892 5230 6999